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May 5, 2012
CAPTAIN’S LOG
Stardate 6505.4

Day 20 of our survey of the Indus Expanse, a peachy sweep of stars and uninhabitable planets and planetesimals. We thought we had something peachy at Rho Indi b, but it turned out to be an electrical perturbation in the hydrogen atmosphere. We’re staying here an extra day to indulge Spock’s interest in Kelvin–Helmholtz heating, which in gas giants causes the planet to radiate more energy than it receives from its host star.

The crew haven’t noticed I’ve started calling things “peachy.” Or if they have, they haven’t asked me about it.

That’s flippin’ peachy.